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      How to Descale Your Garment Steamer

      descale garment steamers

      Garment steamers

      How to Descale Your Garment Steamer

      descale garment steamers

      Garment steamers

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      You can find the product name on the box of your garment steamer

       

      It is very easy to find the name of your garment steamer. Just check the product box, it is written there such as StyleTouch Pure, EasyTouch Plus, Steam & Go etc.

      Why descale a garment steamer?

      Over time, garment steamers can build up scale. The harder the water in your area, the faster scale impurities develop and solidify, if not cleaned away. Regular descaling prevents problems such as white/brown stains on your clothes, brown water and leaking. Cleaning your garment steamer regularly keeps steam output at its highest and extends the lifetime of your garment steamers. Learn how to descale your garment steamer with the different cleaning options below.

      How to clean your garment steamers

      Auto De-calc function

      ProTouch (GC610, GC612) | ProTouch 2-in-1 (GC617, GC618)

      Your garment steamer automatically descales thanks to innovative PureSteam technology, so you don't have to do anything or take any precautions. Just go ahead and steam as much as you like with ordinary tap water.

      How to use the Auto De-calc function

      Quick Calc Release function

      StyleTouch Pure (GC440, GC442) | 8000 Series (GC800, GC801, GC810)

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      With regular use, your garment steamer should be emptied of scale approximately once a month — and more frequently if the water in your area is very hard.

       

      1. Unplug and let cool completely (at least 1 hour). 
      2. Remove the cover marked "De-Calc".
      3. Hold over the sink, remove the rubber stopper and shake gently to empty water and scale.
      4. Place the stopper and cover back.

        Important: Do not put water, vinegar, descaling agents or other chemicals into the garment steamer.

      How to Use Quick Calc Release function on Philips Garment Steamers

      Easy Rinse Off Scale function

      7000 Series (GC7020, GC7030, GC7050)

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      With regular use, your garment steamer should be emptied of scale approximately once a month — and more frequently if the water in your area is very hard.

      1. Plug in to mains, power on and wait for 30 seconds for garment steamer to heat up. 
      2. Press and hold the steam setting button and steam trigger simultaneously until LED lights blink.
      3. Hold over the sink and shake gently to empty the hot water and scale.
      4. After 30 seconds, ECO mode will blink to indicate product is back to heating up.
      5. You may power off and plug out from mains.
      6. Wait for garment steamer to cool down for 60 mins, and using soft cloth to wipe clean the steamer soleplate.

      Important: Do not put water, vinegar, descaling agents or other chemicals into the garment steamer.

      Basic Rinse function 

      DailyTouch (GC502, GC503, GC504, GC506)

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      1. Unplug and let cool completely (at least 1 hour). 
      2. When cool, dismantle the pole, disconnect the steam hose and remove the water tank.
      3. Pour the water out of the base unit into the sink and shake gently. 
      4. Fill the water tank and place it back. Wait 10 seconds. Shake. Empty. Repeat several times. 

      How to Basic Rinse Philips Garment Steamers

      Easy Rinse de-calc function 

      EasyTouch (GC48x, GC499, GC50x), EasyTouch Plus (GC51x & GC52x), ComfortTouch (GC55x), ComfortTouch Plus (GC558), ComfortTouch Advanced (GC57x)

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      1. Unplug and let cool completely (at least 1 hour). 
      2. Make sure the water level is above the MIN mark. Hold the steamer over a receptacle or drain. 
      3. Turn the DE-CALC knob counter-clockwise to remove. Allow the water and scale to drain out. 
      4. When empty, place the DE-CALC knob back and turn clockwise to lock. 

      How to use Easy Rinse De-Calc function

      Auto Clean function 

      CompactTouch (GC410, GC420, GC430)

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      With regular use, your garment steamer should be descaled every 2 weeks.

       

      1. Fill the water tank and plug in the steamer near a sink.
      2. Point the steamer head into the sink. Press and hold the AUTO CLEAN button for 2 seconds.
      3. Wait 2 minutes until the steamer shuts off and the AUTO CLEAN light goes out.

      How to Use Auto Clean function

      Frequently Asked Questions about Philips Garment Steamers

      Should I use demineralized or ironing water to prevent limestone in my garment steamer?

      Using the right type of water will help prolong your Philips garment steamer’s lifespan. Your Philips garment steamer has been designed to be used with tap water. However, if you live in an area with hard water, fast scale build-up may occur
        

      We recommend using distilled or demineralized water (50% demineralised water mixed with tap water could be used too) for all Philips garment steamers: it prevents limestone build up in the appliance.

      Please never use ironing or perfumed water, water from the tumble dryer, vinegar, starch, descaling agents, ironing aids, chemically descaled water or other chemicals as they may cause water spitting, brown staining or damage to your garment steamer. 

       To perfume your clothes, we recommend you choosing one of the following options:

      • Using perfumed washing softener
      • Using essential oils (aromas) during washing
      • Spritzing perfumed water after ironing or steaming

       I’m not sure what garment steamer model I have and which descaling routine should i use. 

      When you are not sure what descaling routine you should use, you can always find the correct instructions in the user manual. Please keep in mind that not all garment steamers have a descaling function.

      If you do not have the user manual anymore, please try to find your appliance model number on your steamer (should look like GCXXX). Knowing this number, you can find all the product information on the Philips website. If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact Philips Consumer Care

       

       

      I’m not sure what garment steamer model I have and which descaling routine should I use

      When you are not sure what descaling routine you should use, you can always find the correct instructions in the user manual. Please keep in mind that not all garment steamers have a descaling function.

      If you do not have the user manual anymore, please try to find your appliance model number on your steamer (should look like GCXXX). Knowing this number, you can find all the product information on the Philips website. If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact Philips Consumer Care

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